December 27, 2009

Nadal says am busy

World number two Rafael Nadal has admitted the busy ATP schedule makes it difficult for the top players to achieve their targets.

Nadal had a relatively disappointing 2009 in which he lost the world number one ranking to Roger Federer and struggled to overcome a persistent knee injury.
Having helped Spain win the Davis Cup earlier this month, Nadal is now training for the new season which gets under way in the new year.

He told Spanish newspaper AS: "I have been training for some time. You could say I have not really stopped working because this year there was no possibility to stop.
"I'm happy with the work we are doing ahead of the new season."

Nadal, who will start his season in Abu Dhabi at an exhibition event before focusing on the defence of his Australian Open crown, admits the authorities need to look at reducing the workload on players.

He added: "The players and the ATP are working hard to try to establish more marked guidelines for players to have a little more flexibility and relaxation.

"Especially at the end of the year, no matter what happened to those who have played the final of the Davis Cup, you just do not have time to rest.

"We will succeed and if not for our generation, for those that follow. We have a schedule that forces you to play from the first week of January until December, making it very difficult to achieve your goals."

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